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Aug 27, 2010 12:42 PM by Letitia Walker

Feds to remove temporary cap from Gulf well

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The federal government says it will start
work Monday to remove the temporary cap keeping oil from gushing
out of BP's blown-out Gulf well so that it can raise a key piece of
equipment from the seabed.
Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the government's point man
for the spill response, says engineers must remove the cap so they
can raise the failed blowout preventer. The blowout preventer is
considered a key piece of evidence in determining what caused the
April rig explosion that unleashed the gushing oil.
Allen says the Department of Justice and other federal
investigators are overseeing the work to remove the blowout
preventer.
Allen says the goal is to drill the final 50 feet of a relief
ell beginning Sept. 7. The relief well has been called the
ultimate solution to plugging the well.

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